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: Dürer Engravings

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

1922

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Albrecht Dürer, whose engravings are being shown in the Print Gallery through December, needs no introduction to the print student. He is one of the outstanding figures in the history of the graphic arts, whose versatility makes it almost impossible to describe his genius adequately. Painter, engraver, writer of skill, and man of learning, he was all of these, and in addition was possessed of the virtues of head and heart to such an extent that he has endeared himself to succeeding generations as much for what he was, as for what he did. It is through his engravings that we gain the deepest insight into his character, for here are revealed his imagination, profound faith, and his reverent spirit even to those who do not understand the meaning of prints. They make a strong appeal for they are the work of a genius.The Institute's collection contains fifty-four woodcuts and fifty-five engravings by Dürer, a remarkably large number for so young a museum to possess. Usually Dürer's are only acquired through years of collecting, but, owing to the generosity of an anonymous donor, this group came to the Institute as part of the great Ladd Collection in 1916. Among the prints exhibited are: The Coat-of-Arms with the Skull, The Madonna with the Monkey, the Virgin on Crescent with Crown of Stars and Scepter, and the Madonna Crowned by Two Angels, in an unusually fine silvery impression, which was given by a Friend of the Institute, in memory of Mrs. Van Derlip. The St. Eustace, perhaps a little overcrowded with detail, is nevertheless impressive, while the portraits of Philip Melanchthon and Wilibald Pirkheimer are interesting character studies. The three most famous prints in the collection, however, are The Melancholia, St. Jerome in His Study, and The Knight, Death and the Devil."After turning over Dürer's prints and drawings, after meditating on his writings, we feel that we are in the presence of one of those forces which are constant and equal, which continue and remain like the growth of the body, the return of seasons, and the succession of moods."Referenced Work of Art
  1. The Madonna with the Monkey Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)
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Source: "D'fcrer Engravings," The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin 11, no. 9 (December, 1922): 68-69.9
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